A new version of the popular Movable Type blogging platform includes new identity management and social networking features. As blogging becomes more interactive between bloggers and readers, blog platforms have begun to focus more on social features. The platform’s creator, Six Apart, “hopes to usher in a new world of interactivity not just between publishers and their readers, but between the readers themselves.”
The integration involves pairing member profiles with activities performed (at the member’s discretion) on a site or other sites running the same platform. Explains Anil Dash at Six Apart, “Democratized identity management systems like Six Apart’s own OpenID will let forthcoming services like Action Streams aggregate profile information and activities across sites and profiles.” The identity integration across sites via OpenID will enable a new level of social-networking interactions between bloggers, all vying for online reputation and readership.
An open-source version of the Movable Type platform is available, but new built-in social tools and features are only supported in the Pro edition.
Read the full story in Ars Technica.